An attention-grabbing tidbit buried among the many day’s huge information about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is that the Xbox Recreation Go continues to be an enormous success, and has now amassed greater than 25 million subscribers. And in case there was any doubt, subscribers can stay up for Activision Blizzard video games being added to the Recreation Go lineup sooner or later.
“Upon shut, we’ll supply as many Activision Blizzard video games as we will inside Xbox Recreation Go and PC Recreation Go, each new titles and video games from Activision Blizzard’s unbelievable catalog,” Spencer stated in his acquisition announcement on the Xbox Newswire. “We additionally introduced right this moment that Recreation Go now has greater than 25 million subscribers. As at all times, we stay up for persevering with so as to add extra worth and extra nice video games to Recreation Go.”
25 million subscribers provides as much as a hefty chunk of month-to-month income for Microsoft, however much more spectacular is the expansion it represents, up from 18 million subscribers only a 12 months in the past. That quantity is certain to maintain climbing, and fairly probably at an accelerating price, particularly if Microsoft decides that some future Name of Responsibility or Overwatch 3 goes to be a console unique. Which may appear unlikely now, however Microsoft dropped the exclusivity hammer on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 after it acquired Bethesda, saying that each will solely be launched for Xbox and PC, and there is not any motive it will not do it once more.
Spencer has beforehand stated that Microsoft would not view Recreation Go as a replacement for conventional purchases, however subscription-based gaming has clearly turn out to be a precedence for the long run: In December 2021, Microsoft used the high-profile showcase of the Recreation Awards to lastly give the PC model of Recreation Go a sensible name, a rebranding that not all that terribly way back probably would have been handled as a comparatively mundane little bit of bookkeeping.
PlayStation maker Sony has additionally apparently taken discover of the recognition of Recreation Go, and is reportedly working on a similar subscription offering of its personal. Spencer thinks it is a good idea.